Photo: Yunhee Kim; Stylist: Alistair Turnbull/Pat Bates and Associates
Prep Time
25 Mins
Cook Time
55 Mins
Makes 18 servings (serving size: 1 slice)

How to Make It

Step 1

Place a rack in middle of oven and preheat to 350°. Coat two 9- x 1 1/2-inch round cake pans with cooking spray. Line bottoms with parchment paper and spray the parchment.

Step 2

For cake: Place chocolate in a medium bowl, add boiling water, and whisk until smooth. Add yogurt, oil, vinegar, and vanilla to chocolate mixture and whisk until combined. Add egg whites; whisk until smooth.

Step 3

In a large bowl, combine the next 5 dry ingredients (through salt). Pour chocolate mixture into flour mixture and whisk just until combined. Divide batter between the prepared pans. Tap pans lightly on a work surface to pop any air bubbles.

Step 4

Bake for 30-35 minutes, until a wooden toothpick inserted in the centers of the cakes comes out clean (leave oven on). Cool in pans on wire racks for 15 minutes. Turn the cakes out of the pans, remove the parchment, and cool completely.

Step 5

For topping: Spread the pecans and coconut on a large baking sheet and toast in the oven, stirring once, until lightly browned (10-12 minutes); set aside. Whisk together evaporated milk and cornstarch in a small, heavy saucepan. Heat over medium-high heat and cook, whisking constantly, until thick and foamy (it will happen almost all at once), about 4 minutes. Whisk in sugar, butter, vanilla, and salt; cook for 3 1/2 minutes, until thickened. Transfer to a bowl and cool to room temperature. Stir in coconut and pecans before frosting.

Step 6

Place 1 cake layer on a platter and spread half the frosting over top of cake. Add the remaining cake layer and spread with the remaining frosting over top. Slice and serve.

Ratings & Reviews

Chrysalis101's Review

August 17, 2013

Sallysr's Review

October 30, 2011
I was excited when I saw a 5 star Light German Chocolate recipe, which also looked a little simpler than the usual ones. The cake was very simple to make, and the flavor and texture was acceptable. It was not quite as fluffy as they normally get with folded in egg whites, but you don't have to beat egg whites, so that saved time. I would make the cake again. The frosting was another story though. The flavor was not right for German Chocolate Cake frosting flavor, and the texture was very thick. Finally, even if you did like it, the frosting did not make enough to frost the sides, only between the layers and the top. The search continues for a good frosting....

sweetmommy's Review

October 19, 2011
Fantastic!! It was sooo delicious, moist and rich!! I made it for my husband. He is a peaky eater and doesn't like all kinds of desserts, and he told me that this is the best German Chocolate Cake he has ever had! I only changed the white flour for whole grain flour (the recipe says 3 1/4 flour and I used 2 1/2 of the whole grain one), and it came out prefect! Highly recommend this recipe.